Aloe Vera, also known as the plant of miracles, has long been used for its various properties that benefit our skin, helping to regenerate it, refresh it and heal it, as well as promoting our health in general.
There are around 250 species, being the one with the highest medicinal properties Aloe barbadensis.
In ancient Egypt, aloe was already used to care for women’s skin. The story tells that it was the beauty secret of Cleopatra and other women of the time.
Other examples of conditions that can help could be: acidity, gastric ulcers, constipation, dermatitis, dandruff, inflammations, wrinkles, dry skin, etc.
Studies are continuing to check the benefits in other diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cholesterol, autoimmune diseases.
Benefits for the skin
As for the benefits for the skin it has antiseptic, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties. Helps to reduce suppurations and prevents the entry of germs through wounds forming a protective layer.
It is very useful in cases of acne and sunburn. Aloe vera can accelerate the healing process and prevent infections in damaged skin.
It should be taken into account that its application should be limited to minor injuries, not in deep wounds and of great magnitude because it could aggravate them due to its capacity to increase blood circulation in the area.
It is also known the internal use of this plant through the homemade preparation of Aloe Vera juice (ask for qualified advice to elaborate it), or you can also buy it as nectar, smoothies, powders, etc. from your trusted distributor of certified products who will know how to tell you how and in what amount to consume it according to your health situation.
What contra-indications does it present?
Avoid the consumption of Aloe Vera during pregnancy and lactation. Since the components of this plant can produce uterine contractions can be associated with spontaneous abortions or premature births. It should also be avoided in children under 12 years of age.
For external uses on the skin, there are usually no limitations. But, to rule out allergy to this plant you can perform an easy test. Place some aloe vera gel on the inside of your arm, wait around 20 to 30 minutes and if no reaction appears after that time, you can use it without problems.
The interaction of this plant with medicines or medicinal herbs with diuretic properties, laxatives , those used to lower blood sugar , anti-coagulants, corticosteroids, among others, should be avoided , as the effects of the mentioned medicines or herbs could be enhanced. is found to be counterproductive.
For your safety in case you are using any medication you should first discuss it with your doctor before consuming Aloe vera, he will advise you the best for your health.
As is already known, all medicinal plants or natural remedies must be consumed with great responsibility. Remember that not being found in nature can be used without limitations or exaggerating the amount in search of greater positive effects. All in the right measure.
Any natural treatment needs perseverance and patience. It would also be advisable to consult with a naturopathic doctor so that according to your special case you can indicate the correct way to use it, either internally or externally and the treatment time.
With so many drugs and new drugs that appear on a daily basis and that treat various discomforts but that at the same time can cause others due to their so-called adverse or secondary effects that we do not usually give importance to, why not turn to Mother Nature little by little ? and to use, according to the advice of qualified people, what we find in it for free.